The pool of candidates interested in replacing Jerry Wells as Douglas County district attorney increased to six this morning.
Mark A. Knight, an assistant in Wells' office, said he was launching an active campaign for the position.
Wells announced last week he was resigning as DA to become general counsel for the Wichita-based Koch Crime Commission.
Knight, who had indicated earlier he would not seek the district attorney's job, said he changed his mind Tuesday after talking with various members of the community.
"I really had not thought about it,'' Knight said. "I was approached by some people ... friends, relatives, people I had never met before, and asked to consider it.''
Knight, 35, has been in the district attorney's office since 1984. He is the third of Wells' assistants to announce as candidates for the job. Rick Trapp and Martin Miller announced as candidates last week.
Other attorneys seeking the job are John Chappell and Gerald Little, attorneys in private practice in Lawrence, and Greg Hough, a Lawrence resident who is an assistant in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Topeka.
The Douglas County Republican Central Committee will hold a nominating convention Dec. 15 to select the person who will complete the remainder of Wells' four-year term. The nominating convention will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt.